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A fans’ guide to Boston Calling: Performance times, food lineup, and everything you need to know

Boston Calling 2024: the local talent taking the stage
WATCH: Assistant entertainment digital editor Matt Juul breaks down the lineup and explains how to get tickets.

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another edition of Boston Calling. Since 2013, the annual festivities have become a fan-favorite event for music lovers, featuring lineups of local and international talent, plus plenty of food and drink options to keep festivalgoers fueled up. If you’re planning to check out this year’s three-day fest, prepare with our fan’s guide to everything you need to know about Boston Calling 2024.

What’s new this year?

Aside from a fresh lineup of stars and a slew of food vendors making their Boston Calling debut (more on both below), there isn’t a ton of new stuff at this year’s festival. Fans can expect the return of the Ferris wheel, four stages of performers, and the usual dedicated spots for food, drinks, restrooms, and more. New this year for platinum ticket holders, however, is a special front-row viewing area added within the VIP section of the Green Stage, offering even closer views of the performances.

Who’s performing each day of the festival?



There are four performance areas at Boston Calling, with the Orange Stage serving as a showcase of local talent. Highlights from day one include Boston’s own Divine Sweater, who kick things off at 1:45 p.m. Friday on the Red Stage. Later in the day, “I Hate Boston” singer and “Mean Girls” star Reneé Rapp takes over the Green Stage at 5:55 p.m., followed by local rapper kei on the Orange Stage at 7 p.m., singer-songwriter Leon Bridges on the Red Stage at 7:05 p.m., and rockers Young the Giant on the Blue Stage at 7:40 p.m. Friday’s headliner is English crooner Ed Sheeran, who performs on the Green Stage at 8:40 p.m.

Friday's lineup for Boston Calling 2024.


Day two of Boston Calling commences with Lowell artist Brittany Tsewole’s Senseless Optimism at 1:45 p.m. on the Red Stage. Meanwhile, Boston band Bad Rabbits, who opened the first Boston Calling back in 2013, make their return to the festival with a performance on the Red Stage at 3 p.m.


Other highlights from Saturday include Roxbury rapper Cakeswagg on the Orange Stage at 4:05 p.m., English singer-songwriter Frank Turner and his band the Sleeping Souls on the Red Stage at 4:55 p.m., followed by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and his band Classic TAB on the Red Stage at 7:15 p.m. Country fans are in for a treat on Saturday night, as Grammy-nominated “Whitehouse Road” singer Tyler Childers headlines day two with a performance on the Green Stage at 9 p.m.

Saturday's lineup for Boston Calling 2024.


Boston Calling 2024 wraps up on Sunday with a slew of performances. Indie alt-rocker Stefan Thev kicks things off at 1:40 p.m. on the Red Stage. Later in the afternoon, pop sensation Chappell Roan takes over the Green Stage at 4:05 p.m. Additional highlights from day three include rockers the Revivalists on the Red Stage at 5:15 p.m., rapper Megan Thee Stallion on the Green Stage at 6:25 p.m., and Irish singer Hozier on the Red Stage at 7:35 p.m. This year’s fest ends with a performance by rock band the Killers, who headline the Green Stage on Sunday with a performance at 9:10 p.m.

Sunday's lineup for Boston Calling 2024.

Can I still get tickets?

Yes! Tickets to Boston Calling 2024 are still available at bostoncalling.com/tickets. One-day general admission tickets are $196, but are sold out for Sunday, while three-day general admission passes are still available for $392. Single-day and three-day GA+, VIP, and platinum tickets are also available. Attendees who already purchased their tickets in advance should have received their wristbands in the mail. Guests who haven’t can go to the box office onsite to pick up replacement wristbands.


What’s available to eat and drink?

The food and drink lineup at Boston Calling will feature a few newcomers, plus plenty of familiar returning vendors. Stillwater chef and “Chopped” champion Sarah Wade brings a mac and cheese feast to the fest with the MacBar. Fellow festival newbie Ricen will have an offering of Thai dishes on hand, while Shaking Crab will have Cajun- and New England-inspired seafood fare. All three vendors will be available at the DoorDash Food Village, which also includes bites by Blackbird Doughnuts and Sally’s Sandwiches, Dumpling Daughter, El Jefe’s Taqueria, Flour, and Lily P’s Fried Chicken.

Returning vendors that can be found in the festival’s main field area include Chicken & Rice Guys, Jaju Pierogi, Naco Taco, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, the Smoke Shop BBQ, Tasty Burger, and more. For guests looking for vegetarian and vegan options, try a bite at the Chubby Chickpea, Zinneken’s, Love Art Sushi, Moyzilla, Ricebur, Flatbread Company, and FoMu.

As for adult beverages, guests 21 and older can enjoy libations from Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, Heineken, Truly, Josh Cellars, and more. GA+, VIP, and platinum ticket holders will also have access to exclusive bar areas with a special lineup of craft cocktails.

Boston Calling platinum ticket holders will also receive gourmet food experiences each day of the festival, kicking off on Friday with bites by James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer of Uni, Toro, Coppa, and most recently, Faccia a Faccia. On Saturday, Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. takes the helm, while Sunday features bites by Joanne Chang, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Myers + Chang and Flour.


From left: Chloe Patch, Kaitlyn Sass, Kaleigh Wandell, and Delaney Diaz sport cowgirl hats while attending Boston Calling in 2023.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

What can I bring? What should I leave at home?

The festival has a full bag policy, meaning all bags will be searched before entry. Fans are allowed to bring small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 6 inches by 9 inches or smaller; they don’t have to be transparent and can have more than one pocket. However, all other bags that are larger than 6 inches by 9 inches must not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and must be transparent.

Attendees are also allowed to bring hydration packs that don’t need to be clear but cannot have more than two pockets, and they must be emptied of all liquids prior to entry. Reusable bottles are permitted as well, but must be emptied before entering the festival. Water stations will be available onsite to refill bottles and hydration packs.

Additionally, guests are allowed to bring personal-size hand sanitizer, non-aerosol containers of sunscreen that are 3.4 ounces or less, and cameras, although detachable lenses and accessories like tripods, GoPro mounts, selfie sticks, and similar items won’t be allowed.

For guests who need to bring their prescription medication with them to the festival, they must show the medical staff at the entrance gates the pharmacy-labeled container that includes the patient’s name, dosage, and other information. Visitors will only be allowed to bring enough of the prescribed medication for that day only. Over-the-counter medication must be checked out by the medical staff at the entrances as well.


Other prohibited items include: coolers; weapons, fireworks, and explosives of any kind; professional video, camera, and audio recording equipment; drones; hammocks; baby strollers; Frisbees; chairs; binoculars; blankets, sheets, and towels; inflatables; umbrellas; spiked jewelry and large chains; glass containers; carts; tents or any shaded structures; and illegal or illicit substances.

Outside food and beverages are also prohibited, as are pets (except for service animals), plus personal transportation items like skateboards, scooters, and bicycles. Free bicycle parking will be available near the entrance.

Boston Calling is also a completely cashless festival, so leave the Benjamins at home. Guests are encouraged to register their wristbands online to sync a payment method, enabling them to pay with just a tap of the wrist. Lockers with charging stations will be available for rent

How do I get there?

Another belonging you should leave at home: your car. There will be no parking available onsite or on the street in the surrounding area (expect strict ticketing and towing of vehicles).

Instead, attendees are encouraged to walk or take the T, with the Red Line station at Harvard Square located just a short walk from the festival’s main entrance at 65 N. Harvard St. at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. Festivalgoers can also take the bus, with both the 66 and 86 routes stopping at Harvard Stadium. Commuter rail riders can take the Worcester line to the Boston Landing Station, located a little more than a mile from the venue.

Fans opting to use a rideshare app can get dropped off near the main entrance at Harvard Stadium, with gates opening at 1 p.m. each day. However, at the end of each night, attendees using a rideshare app to get home should follow signs to the designated rideshare pickup lot.

A child gets a better view of the Dropkick Murphys at Boston Calling in 2023.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Can I bring my kids?

Music lovers of all ages are welcome at Boston Calling, and children under 10 can even attend free without a wristband. When you and the little ones are tuckered out from dancing, relax with a ride on the Ferris wheel located near the Blue Stage for epic views of the festival. Proceeds from the Ferris wheel rides will benefit Music Drives Us, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting school music programs.

What’s the weather going to be like?

Luckily, it sounds like “it should be a fairly nice weekend,” with temperatures “typical for this time of year,” according to the Globe’s Dave Epstein.

What freebies and giveaways should I look out for?

It’s always great to score free swag or other freebies at festivals, and there’ll be plenty to check out at Boston Calling this year. Head to the House of Dunkin’ for free iced coffee, munchkins, plus additional activities and giveaways. Meanwhile, fans who have the Jersey Mike’s app on their phone can enter the Sub Above Club area, featuring free subs and a performance by a surprise guest.

Attendees who are 21 and older can check out the Miller Lite area at the festival’s Bar 75, featuring complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations, plus games like cornhole, pop-a-shot, and more. Additionally, the canned water company Liquid Death has a club set up where guests are invited to try a complimentary beverage, get airbrushed tattoos, and have their horoscopes read.

Fans cheer for a performance by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in 2023.Ben Stas for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

Are there any after-parties?

On Friday night, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls will play an after-party show at Big Night Live beginning at 10 p.m. The Killers will play a pop-up show at the Paradise Saturday, ahead of their headlining set at Boston Calling on Sunday.

Anything else I should know?

Safety: Boston Calling has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment. According to the festival’s website, organizers “will not tolerate any harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, body size, appearance, age or national origin.” Should a festivalgoer feel threatened, harassed, or unsafe in any way, they are asked to report the incident immediately to a staff member.

Accessibility: The festival will have an ADA accessibility center onsite, located to the right of the welcome arches. Staff members there can help answer questions as well as request wristbands that allow entry to the accessibility viewing areas or the deaf/hard-of-hearing areas. The accessibility center can also provide outlets to recharge mobility devices, as well as assisted-listening devices for those who need them. Guests with disabilities can also enter the festival via designated lanes. Festivalgoers can request ASL interpreters for specific performances by e-mailing ada@bostoncalling.com. Visit bostoncalling.com for more information.

Matt Juul can be reached at matthew.juul@globe.com.